These two are very special, though they may not seem so at first glance. Let me tell you why –
The coral-color clutch is by Morris Moscowitz, a maker of fine handbags until about 1975. This one is from the Fifties or very early Sixties. It is fabric on the outside – a linen/rayon blend is what it looks like – and fabric-lined inside (much more nicely than anything I see in the mid-priced range today). Love the color and the fabric exterior – great for Spring and Summer. You will find the maker’s name printed in gold inside – MM with the full name in small letters below. Beware, as always, of logos that look similar, but are not authentic.
The second one can double as a clutch or handbag, made of imitation leather with a fabric lining. It is by Ande’. Purses by this maker, in my experience, were not high-end items but their designs were always innovative and creative and they are nicely made. For example, this one has a make-up mirror that folds out on a hinge. You’ll never lose or break this one! Of course, it would usually be stored inside the purse, as the handle can be, too. Notice the Lucite clasp.
What else makes these handbags wonderful? Remember, they are at least 50 years old and have stood up exceptionally well. Their construction speaks to the quality of the materials and the workmanship in the manufacture of them which is something that we, unfortunately, see very rarely today.
I’ve discovered several of these in my various vintage-hunting episodes and they are each different and distinctive.
Little details are always a surprise! You just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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